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Mar 23

Tree Shaped Wind Turbines to be Installed in Paris

Posted in Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines

A French company called New Wind is installing tree-shaped wind turbines at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. The company’s founder, Jérôme Michaud-Larivière came up with the idea while in a Paris square, when he “saw the leaves tremble when there was not a breath of air.” He hopes the trees can be used to exploit small air currents flowing along buildings and streets, and could eventually be installed in people’s yards and urban centres.

He is the first to admit the efficiency of the trees is low compared to more consistent currents higher up, but believes the £23,500 trees are more viable and less intrusive than ‘monstrous’ conventional wind turbines. The 26 foot high trees, which use tiny blades inside the ‘leaves’, could potentially be profitable after a year of wind speeds averaging 7.8 mph. They can generate electricity in wind speeds as low as 4.5 mph. Scroll down for more photos and the video.



Watch the video:

Visit the New Wind R&D Website (French)

What do you think? Could these decorative wind turbines be a viable energy source? Leave your comments below…

  • SirSparks

    Just had to be a French idea!

    • Econazi

      and what is wrong with this being a French idea? In a globalized community, it’s expected that other countries start creating different styles of alternative energy since the US’s citizens are still too busy saying climate change isn’t real!!! Wake up and smell the pollution and start conserving water man! Our resources will be gone in my lifetime, and I’m only in my 20’s.

      • Phenix

        No need to assume the term “French idea” is intended as being an insult…. the French have historically discovered and invented a huge list of incredible things so saying it had to be a French idea is actually quite appropriate. Relax, not everything or everyone on the internet is trying to insult everything and everyone else.

      • SirSparks

        Chill !!!

  • 1solartopia1

    wow…these a really cool & could solve a lot of problems for neighborhood wind installations in suburban areas where big blades will never fly….

  • Teisha Coyour

    How well do these work with snow and ice?

  • Anonymous

    This is a perfect idea. Winter climates may have some trouble, but this would be worth the wait. Stylish and functional, no one could complain about “ugly” or “deadly” fans! I think these should be put to work immediately.

  • ENetArch

    What do birds and other animals that nest in trees think of them?

    • raf

      I’m not sure that is the point. Plenty of other trees for birds to nest in.

  • goaway

    Awesome! I’m sure even the birds will love them!

  • Karen Latimer

    I love this idea. This would be great for West Texas! Our winds reach excesses of 70-80 miles per hour. I wonder how they would fair with that much wind, though.

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